Serving Others

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“Life’s most persistent & urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.

As we recognize and remember Martin Luther King Jr. this week, we should ask ourselves what we are doing to help others. If you are looking for a way to serve your community, Ministry Village at Olive can help. MVO offers a variety of ministries with many opportunities to help individuals and families right here in your own backyard. We would love for you to join us as we strive to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus throughout our community.

Ministry Village Bargain Center

The Ministry Village Bargain Center serves our community by offering gently used, high-quality merchandise at bargain center prices for the purpose of generating financial support for the Ministry Village at Olive programs and providing assistance to the community. Located at 92 E. Nine Mile Road, 100% of the net profits of the MV Bargain Center support our Ministry Village programs. You can donate your gently used goods to be sold at the Bargain Center, volunteer to help sort and organize items for sale, and tell your friends and neighbors to donate and shop at the Bargain Center! Contact Julie Paden at 850-912-8222 or jpaden@mvbargaincenter.com for more information.

Most Excellent Way

The Most Excellent Way is our faith-based support group for addiction recovery, providing support to those struggling with addiction as well as their families. Groups meet weekly at OBC main campus, and find hope by grounding themselves in Biblical principles alongside leaders who are trained in supporting others. How can you serve through MEW? Become trained to serve as a mentor to a man or woman who is struggling with addiction challenges. Become trained to lead meetings or simply participate in meetings as an encourager, providing much needed support and prayer leadership. Some people just need to know they have 1 single person they can call who will just listen – someone who is pulling for them – someone who believes in them. You could be that person. Contact Scott Heald (SHeald@MinistryVillage.org or 850-475-1112).

Ministry Village Early Learning Center

The Ministry Village Early Learning Center is focused on providing Christ-centered high quality care and education for the youngest members of our community (ages 3 months to 5 years). Despite the challenges of 2020, including COVID and hurricane closures, the ELC has created an atmosphere of learning that has been embraced by families in our community. There are many ways you can support the work of the ELC. The ELC welcomes donations of books, supplies, toys, and equipment, and the ELC office has a list of desired items that will help bring smiles to the children. For more information on donating to the ELC, or if you are interested in working as a substitute teacher or teaching assistant, contact Kristi Zagar, Director of the Ministry Village ELC, at 850-378-8044 or KZagar@MinistryVillageELC.org.

Charis House

Charis House is our ministry for women struggling with addiction and seeking freedom from drugs and alcohol. Women live dormitory-style with other women and a House Manager, providing a home-like setting for a Christ-centered drug and alcohol recovery program. These women are away from their families for many months, and often struggle with loneliness and depression, even as they make great strides toward recovery. The Phase I program often takes more than 1 year to complete and costs more than $14,000 per woman. All their expenses are included – food, clothing, toiletries, living expenses, transportation, etc. Female volunteers are needed to drive the ladies to school and work therapy, lead weekly Bible studies and devotions, donate food items and toiletries toward weekly needs, or providing special services like haircuts and homecooked meals. If you are interested in serving the Charis House, contact Vanessa Bettis at 850-475-1116 or VBettis@ministryvillage.org for more information.

Tender Hearts Caring Hands

Tender Hearts Caring Hands is our care and kindness ministry that focuses on serving individuals and families in Escambia and Santa Rosa County that have significant need. We offer a food pantry for families and homeless neighbors in need and financial assistance to those who qualify. The holidays are certainly an important time for us to be able to meet these needs, but truly, there are hungry families in our area every month of the year. To serve through THCH, you can donate shelf-stable food items, easy-open food items that do not require cooking (for the homeless ministry), donate travel size hygiene items, volunteer time to work at the THCH food pantry, organizing and building food and hygiene bags, volunteer time at the MVO office handling clerical functions, pickup weekly food donations from Publix and deliver to the MVO office, or donate money that can be used for gas gift cards and utility payments for families in need. Donations of food and hygiene items can be made at the Ministry Village office on Olive Road Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm, or call to make arrangements. Contact Kathleen Schuster at 850-475-1118 (KSchuster@MinistryVillage.org) for more information on serving through Tender Hearts Caring Hands.

With a variety of programs that serve our community, Ministry Village at Olive has a place for you to join with us and spread the light of Jesus to our neighbors. Find the program that speaks to your heart, and contact that program’s director to take the next step. We can’t wait to see you!

The mission of Ministry Village at Olive is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) If you are looking for a place to demonstrate kindness to others for the glory of God, give us a call. We have opportunities through the Bargain Center; at our Tender Hearts Caring Hands benevolence program and food pantry; through the Most Excellent Way addiction support groups; at the Charis House; and at the Ministry Village Early Learning Center.

All volunteers through Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. must be properly interviewed and screened. Depending on the program and position, volunteers must also undergo background screening and be properly trained by MVO staff. While we are deeply appreciative for any and all support, it is our primary responsibility to those we serve to protect them and their privacy, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. Those interested in serving through MVO should contact the appropriate program manager to discuss opportunities and the necessary requirements. We appreciate your understanding.

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